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ancestry - family descent; ADJ. ancestral
narcissist - conceited person; N. narcissism; CF. narcissus
intimate - hint; suggest; imply; ADJ: marked by close relationship; familiar; private; personal; Ex. intimate knowledge/thoughts in the diary; N: close friend or confidant; CF. intimacy
pedigree - line of ancestors; ancestry; lineage; ADJ. (of an animal) descended from of a chosen family; Ex. pedigree dog; CF. crane's foot
loath - reluctant; unwilling; disinclined; Ex. Romeo and Juliet were both loath for him to go.
surveillance - close observation of a person (esp. one under suspicion); watching; guarding
rue - regret; lament; mourn; Ex. He will rue the day; N. ADJ. rueful
sinewy - (of meat) tough; strong and firm; muscular; N. sinew: tendon; strong cord connecting a muscle to a bone
pejorative - (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
disproportion - lack of proportion (between the parts); ADJ. disproportionate